PBS stations to air debate between Heller, Berkley
LAS VEGAS — Vegas PBS is partnering with KNPB in Reno to co-produce the much-anticipated debate between Sen. Dean Heller and his challenger for re-election, Rep. Shelley Berkley. The debate will air live simultaneously in Las Vegas on Vegas PBS Channel 10 and in Reno on KNPB Channel 15 at 8 p.m. on Sept. 27. The program, which will take place in Reno, is the first debate agreed upon by the candidates. Mitch Fox, award-winning host of Nevada We...
Smoke detectors installed by the Sparks Fire Dept. saved two local families from being hurt in recent fires
ESPN analyst Doug Gottlieb was introduced to media Friday morning at Legacy Hall. He was the keynote speaker at the Governor’s dinner Friday night in Carson City. Gottlieb talked about the strong tradition of Nevada basketball.
Stay Afloat with the Seventh Annual River Safety Fair
RENO — The Truckee River Foundation (TRF) will host the seventh annual Stay Afloat Safety Fair today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., a day of free river safety classes for kids and parents. Through its River Safety Fair, TRF has distributed more than 700 free water safety helmets and personal flotation devices to kids that play in the Truckee River Whitewater Park. “This year, river safety education among kids continues to be important,” Debbie Leonar...
With the temperature reaching more than 100 degrees Thursday afternoon, area kids enjoyed the coolness of the fountain in front of the Sparks Century 14 Theaters.
Judge for Whittemore-Seeno cites possible conflict
RENO — Citing his own potential conflicts of interest, a veteran U.S. judge put on hold Thursday the criminal prosecution of Nevada lobbyist Harvey Whittemore as well as a civil battle between the political power broker and a California construction mogul with casino interests. U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks told lawyers for businessman Albert Seeno Jr. of Concord, Calif., and Whittemore, who has close ties to Senate Majority Leader Harry Rei...
Chimp dead, another tranquilized after escape
LAS VEGAS — Two chimpanzees escaped a Las Vegas backyard and rampaged through a neighborhood Thursday, pounding on cars and jumping into and out of at least one vehicle before police killed one primate and tranquilized the other, authorities said. No people were hurt, but police said they had no choice but to kill after the agitated animals escaped their enclosure about 10 a.m. and started running through yards and opening car doors in a neigh...
Debate over year-round versus traditional schools
NEW YORK — By the time summer’s over, many families can’t wait for school to start. Working parents have struggled to find camps or babysitting, kids are bored and teachers fret over “summer slide” — the academic losses that research shows hits kids from poor families hardest. Year-round schooling might seem like the antidote, and in some parts of the country, schools with just a few weeks off are not uncommon. In Raleigh, N.C. and other parts...
Fewer auto closings reduce US unemployment claims
WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits plunged last week. But a big reason is that automakers have skipped some of their usual summer shutdowns to keep up with demand, causing fewer temporary auto layoffs. Economists expect the number of Americans seeking unemployment aid to go back up in coming weeks. The auto industry’s recovery has helped support the struggling U.S. economy. U.S. auto sales in the first half of...